The Harder They Fall Director Jeymes Samuel Didn’t Reinvent the Western—He Freed It

If you take away the narrow, white-male-centric stories we were given, then that means you have a whole universe of stories with women of actual dominance, with people of color, all races. Basically, you have a genre where 90% of it is unexplored. ~ Jeymes Samuel It’s often said that to love something is to also be critical of its shortcomings. That has always been … Continue reading The Harder They Fall Director Jeymes Samuel Didn’t Reinvent the Western—He Freed It

Regina King on the Verifiable Lessons of ‘The Harder They Fall’ and Her Other Black History-Laced Projects

  The Harder They Fall, directed by Jeymes Samuel, has finally landed on Netflix. Starring Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, LaKeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Deon Cole, Zazie Beetz, the Jay-Z-produced film is a rare Black cast entry in the Western genre. That distinction is one of the main reasons Regina King told EBONY she had to be part of this film. It was just … Continue reading Regina King on the Verifiable Lessons of ‘The Harder They Fall’ and Her Other Black History-Laced Projects

The Harder They Fall | Official Trailer

O-M-G, I can’t wait ’til this to come out!! Go ‘head, Netflix. ~ V #ThisFallWeRide Synopsis: Gunning for revenge, outlaw Nat Love saddles up with his gang to take down enemy Rufus Buck, a ruthless crime boss who just got sprung from prison. This ain’t your grandaddy’s Western! Check out Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, RJ Cyler, Edi … Continue reading The Harder They Fall | Official Trailer

The Harder They Fall | Official Teaser | Netflix

Ooh-wee! Now, THIS is the all-Black Western movie I want to see!! And, one of the producers is Jay-Z. Go ‘head, Netflix. ~ V Synopsis: When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him in this assured, righteously new … Continue reading The Harder They Fall | Official Teaser | Netflix

Lee Daniels on Creating Without the “Blanket” of Drugs and Alcohol

‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ director reflects on the Jussie Smollett scandal and why he wants to keep telling the uncomfortable stories: “I know what it’s like to be in pain.” The United States vs. Billie Holiday is Lee Daniels’ fifth film as a director, his 10th as a producer — and his first without a long-standing crutch. “This is my first film sober,” says … Continue reading Lee Daniels on Creating Without the “Blanket” of Drugs and Alcohol

‘Stranger Things’ Star Caleb McLaughlin Gets “Hauntingly Vulnerable” in Feature Debut ‘Concrete Cowboy’

The actor trades the Upside Down for gritty Philly (alongside Idris Elba) in ‘Concrete Cowboy’ — and his director is already making Denzel comparisons: “This kid was reaching another level.” Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin was three weeks into shooting season four of the hit Netflix series in Atlanta when COVID-19 shuttered production in March. For the past five months, the 18-year-old New York native … Continue reading ‘Stranger Things’ Star Caleb McLaughlin Gets “Hauntingly Vulnerable” in Feature Debut ‘Concrete Cowboy’

Idris Elba in Talks to Replace Will Smith in ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel (Exclusive)

The move follows the exit of Smith, who led the ensemble of the 2016 movie with Margot Robbie and played assassin anti-hero Deadshot. Idris Elba is in talks to replace Will Smith in the Suicide Squad sequel being put together by filmmaker James Gunn and Warner Bros., sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The move follows last week’s exit of Smith, who, along with Margot Robbie, … Continue reading Idris Elba in Talks to Replace Will Smith in ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel (Exclusive)

Idris Elba Is PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2018: It’s ‘an Ego Boost for Sure’

It’s about damn time he won! Congrats! Sure, he might have already received the title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to drama — but Idris Elba has now been crowned Sexiest Man Alive! From his breakthrough role in America as drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on HBO’s hit series The Wire to his commanding portrayal … Continue reading Idris Elba Is PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2018: It’s ‘an Ego Boost for Sure’

Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity

Idris Elba is in final talks to join Tom Hooper’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. We hear Elba is playing famed feline Macavity. The Golden Globe and two-time SAG Award winner joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley. The pic is currently in pre-production. Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, … Continue reading Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity

Idris Elba: ‘My ambition is boundless’

Idris Elba is powering through his midlife crisis – 007 rumours and all. He talks to Tim Lewis Idris Elba is currently in the grip of a midlife crisis – “really and truly,” he insists – but it is also somehow the most Idris Elba kind of midlife crisis. No flashy little sports car or grunting Harley-Davidson. He’s not started dressing ridiculously, either: today, in … Continue reading Idris Elba: ‘My ambition is boundless’